Can the Equal Rights Amendment be Revived?

February 07, 2019


The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) technically expired on June 30, 1982, the ratification deadline set by Congress, but a renewed push to resurrect and ratify this constitutional amendment gained momentum in 2017, with ratification by Illinois and Nevada. Now, ERA proponents are looking to secure ratification in a  38th state, which would round out the necessary three-fourths majority of the states required to pass an amendment. Two leading voices on either side of the debate over the ERA – Linda Coberly, chair of the national ERA Coalition Legal Task Force, and Inez Stepman, senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum – join host Jeffrey Rosen to detail the potential constitutional, legal, political, and cultural effects of adding the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.


An early transcript of the podcast is linked here. This text may not be in its final form, accuracy may vary, and it may be updated or revised in the future.


Linda Coberly is managing partner in the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn where her practice focuses on appellate law. She is the Chair of the national ERA Coalition’s Legal Task Force. Linda has briefed and argued numerous appeals in the Supreme Court, federal courts, and state appellate courts, and clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer.

Inez Stepman is a senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum and a senior contributor to The Federalist where she writes about politics and women’s issues. She previously served as Director of the Education and Workforce Development Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and has testified as an expert in state legislatures across the country.

​​​​​​Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.” 

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This episode was engineered by Greg Scheckler and produced by Jackie McDermott. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich, Jackie McDermott, Ben Roebuck, and Kelly McGovern.

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